London has a great choice for food, me and my friends always say we could easily eat out every meal in a different restaurant and we would still have not covered all London restaurants in a year. I often get asked for recommendations on where to eat out and I even though I already have a list of favourite places, I have decided to try write a post every month with my favourite recent discoveries.
This month post features StreetXO, Hawskmoor, Asia De Cuba and Caravan Bankside.
StreetXO- 15 Old Burlington St, Mayfair, London W1S. Nearest tube station Oxford Circus.
David Muñoz, the Spanish chef who runs the three star Michelin DiverXO in Madrid, opened StreetXO in London last November.
Eating at StreetXO is more than just a dining experience, as there is so much theatre going on in the open kitchen, I definitely felt I was being entertained as well as enjoying delicious food. Everything is quite unique: from the wacky uniform to how the food is presented, let's also not forget the cocktails: at one point I was drinking from a heart-shaped glass! The menu draws inspiration from European, Asian and South American cuisines and the dishes are meant to be shared.
It is difficult to choose a favourite dish, so I am just going to tell you my top 3: Steamed Club Sandwich, Peking style dumplings and Korean Lasagna.
Tip: sit at the bar to enjoy the theatre or visit even just for cocktails.
Hawksmoor Seven Dials- 11 Langley St, London WC2H 9JG. Nearest tube station: Covent Garden.
This place has been on my list of restaurant to visit for a while, I finally managed to try when invited to taste their new seasonal burger, which was recently added to their bar menu alongside the popular Hawksmoor Hamburger and Kimchi Burger.
The Five Pork Burger, as seen on the photo on the left, was last on the menu in 2014, it features a pork patty and it is topped with pulled pork, sausage meat stuffing, a couple of slices of smoked bacon, Ogleshield cheese and lashings of mustard mayo. It is served with hot sausage gravy, pork scratchings and I also ordered chips. A BIG burger, needless to say, even if I did try my best, I could not finish it, but a must try for burger lovers.
When we visited, my husband ordered the Lobster Roll from the bar menu and he polished it off in no time.
If you want to try The Five Pork Burger at Hawksmoor Seven Dials, it is on the bar menu until the end of April.
Asia De Cuba- 45 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4HX. Nearest tube station: Leicester Square
You need to know about this place, since it is hiding inside St Martin's Lane Hotel. Asia de Cuba offers Asian and Cuban-themed cuisine and has other two locations, New York and Abu Dhabi.
I loved the lively atmosphere of this restaurant, even though it was Sunday lunch when we went and not a Friday night.
They serve 3 types of bottomless brunch: a standard bottomless brunch with black bean hummus with malanga & plantain chips and a choice of main course, a cocktail or champagne bottomless brunch, both with a choice of a selection of starters and main course plus Mexican doughnuts. We went for a cocktail bottomless brunch.
Be prepared, you will not leave hungry and, as it states on the menu, #pantsrequired. My favourite from the starters has to be the shrimp churro, I could have easily eaten a few more. I loved my brunch choice the breakfast tortilla, but I have to admit I had a bit of food envy for my husband's brunch- smoked salmon and potato waffle. Caramel and Thai chili chocolate doughnuts were the perfect ending to the brunch, because who doesn't love doughnuts? Even though I would have loved to taste the chili in the chocolate one.
Caravan - 30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1, UK, London SE1 0HS. Nearest tube station: London Bridge.
Caravan in King's Cross is one of my favourite brunch places in London, be aware that you need to be prepared to queue at weekends as it is always super busy; we have also organised a couple of Welovetobrunch meet ups there. Whenever I visit any of the Caravan sites, I know I will not only get tasty food, but also great coffee to go with it.
I was recently invited to brunch at the their new site in Bankside and it was an experience I would have to repeat soon.
I would highly recommend what I ordered, which was jalapeño corn bread with eggs, avocado and frijoles negros, and also my friend Šárka's brunch, slow roast pork belly with kimchi pancakes. Just writing about it is making me hungry!
All photos in this post has been taken with Google Pixel.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of these restaurants, all opinions are my own.